Representatives for the Green Homes Grant scheme which helps homeowners make their property greener and sustainable - and save money on energy bills will bring their roadshow to Blakenhall next week.
City of Wolverhampton Council is partnering with Marches Energy Agency in hosting an energy efficiency roadshow at:
· Bob Jones Community Hub, Bromley Street, WV2 3AS today (Monday 26 September) and
· Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara (opposite main entrance), 191 Duncan Street off Sedgley Street, WV2 3AJ on Tuesday 27 September
The roadshow which will be open from 10am to 2pm on both days, invites residents to come along and find out about home energy efficiency improvements, available grants, and many other ways to help reduce rising energy costs.
Experienced and qualified staff will be on hand to answer any questions householders may have on how to save energy and help in applying for the Green Homes Grant. The grant enables city homeowners on low incomes, who may be struggling to pay their heating bills, to make energy efficient improvements to their homes that will help to keep them warmer and reduce energy use.
To be eligible for the fund, applicants need to be homeowner occupiers with an income of less than £30,000 (before tax and housing expenses). The homes will need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rated D or below. An EPC can be provided if one is not available.
Councillor Bhupinder Gakhal, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing, said: “This scheme could make a huge difference to many households. The spiralling cost of living has had a massive impact on many of our residents and it’s often those who are most vulnerable, or on the lowest incomes who get hardest hit through no fault of their own.
“Homes that benefit from the improvements often see an immediate reduction in the amount of energy they need to use to keep their homes safe and warm and, as such, lower costs. In addition, the improvements will help to make homes greener and more sustainable. We’ve already had a positive response from local homeowners, but I would encourage anyone who might be suitable for this scheme to visit the roadshow and find out more, so that they too can take advantage of the opportunity to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes.”
Residents are invited to drop in and learn about the scheme and find out how to apply. While this scheme is specifically aimed at homeowners in the Blakenhall area of the city, all city residents who meet the criteria can complete the application process so that they may be considered for future rounds.
City of Wolverhampton Council declared a 'climate emergency' in July 2019. In order to support national efforts to combat climate change, City of Wolverhampton Council is committed to reducing its own carbon emissions by 95 per cent by 2028 and, following public consultation, has set the target of achieving the same results for the city by 2041, in line with the region.
To achieve this, every institution, business, and person will have to make changes to the way they conduct day-to-day activities, the energy we use, the way we travel, and the things we consume.